In 1995, Steve Clifton launched Palmina with what was intended to be the first and only wine: Alisos.
Alisos is a purely Palmina wine in that it was not modeled after any other Italian blend. The intent of this blend has always been one of extreme focus - a stylistic wine of concentration and structure that showcases the best of both the Sangiovese and Merlot grape varietals .
While many super Tuscans are Sangiovese and Merlot based, Alisos is unique in that it has the addition of appassimento Sangiovese. Appassimento is a labor-intensive process originating in the Veneta region of Italy which involves the drying of fruit prior to fermentation. While a very small amount of appassimento Sangiovese is added (5%), it gives the wine unique richness and depth.